Day: 6 January 2022

2022 | Day Six | Discussion Starter


2 Corinthians 4:1-3  Since God has so generously let us in on what he is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times. We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God. If our Message is obscure to anyone, it’s not because we’re holding back in any way. No, it’s because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention.

As I read these verses in my morning devotions this morning I also looked at some of the past notes I had written in my Bible.

I have highlighted four things that jumped out at me as I read these two verses. Things I think are important in the process of recovery:

we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times.

  • Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. Don’t panic. God is with you. There’s no need to fear He is your One True Higher Power. He will give you strength. He’ll help you. He’ll keep a firm grip on you. For those who love God, all things work together for good. We can call to God for help when ywe are in trouble. He promises He will help us when we put our faith in and give the glory to Him.

We refuse to wear masks and play games

  • One of the things I wrote down in my Bible was – Just be yourself and remember it’s not all about you. We need to take arealistic view on the recovery process. Why we came here in the first place? – The circumstances that got us here? – Who is looking after us and keeping us here? 2 Corinthians 4:8-9  says “We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do,  but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.

    A lot of the trroubles in my life were my own doing. Tryingto fit into and create an image I wanted the world to see me in. It wasn’t till I dropped al;l the acts and started being myself recovery became a reality in my life.

WE KEEP EVERYTHING WE DO AND SAY OUT IN THE OPEN

  • Honesty is one of the most necessary characters of trur recovery. Without it we won’t make it. The Truth brings healing in our lives. Only Jesus can bting us true freedom. Proverbs 19:9 says The person who tells lies gets caught; the person who spreads rumors is ruined.

    Why do we always think “I’ll get away with it.” Lying to ourselves, to God and to other people will be our undoing. we need to learn to tell the truth. I know this is a subject I touch on regulary. That is because it is an important on. The Bible says “God hates lies.” if we are ready for recovery and prepared to commit to going to any lengths we need to lear to tell the truth.

people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention.

  • Don’t get discouraged when people don’t believe you are on the path you are on or understand it. 2 Corinthians 10:13 says “We’re sticking to the limits of what God has set for us.” We need to remember in the process of recovery no-one is changed by waht we do or say. They are changed by the power of the Holy Spirit moving in and through their lives.

Prayer: Just for today I pray that God will help me to stay the course, to be myself, and to be honest in all I say and do.

2022 | Day Six | Verse for Today


You’ve come to Jesus, who presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. He is the Mediator of this covenant. The murder of Jesus, unlike Abel’s—a homicide that cried out for vengeance—became a proclamation of grace. Hebrews 12:24

OBEDIENCE TO GOD IS AN ACT OF FAITH it is proof that we believe what He says and will do what He says when He says
Hebrews 11:8  By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going.

In 1988 following a relapse in my recovery God spoke to me and said Archie if you want to achieve lasting recovery and keep it you will need to leave Western Australia” By an act of faith I left western Australia, got on a bus, and went to South Australia. I spent the first two nights sleeping on the street in Adelaide. On the third day I rang AA because I had no one else in SA I could ring. AA suggested I go to the Salvation Army William Booth Men’s Hostel. When I got there the hostel was full so they suggested I go to St Luke’s and come back the next day. I did and entered the William Booth Men’s Hostel where I believe my journey of recovery began. It wasn’t an easy road, many things happened before I ended up in the Salvation Army’s Bridge Programme in Mount Barker. But that act of faith changed my life. Prior to that, I had no relationship with God but I knew it was Him, and funnily enough, I knew from that day I would be okay because he was looking after me.

God gave me a fresh charter for my life. I had no idea where I was going or what I was going to do. All I knew was I heard His voice and did what He told me to do. His proclamation of grace in my life has kept me on the road to recovery ever since, Today I am a grateful believer. He leads I follow but that is a story for another time.

2022 | Day Six | Morning Harmony


Throw yourself into this work for Christ. Think it over. God will make it all plain.  Fix this picture firmly in your mind: Jesus, descended from the line of David, raised from the dead. It’s what you’ve heard all along.  Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace,  faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. 

The Bible is not just a book we need to read. We need to understand it, what it means for us personally, and we need to apply it. When we don’t understand it we need to seek help from those who do. A good way of doing that is to get involved in a small group. Over the years I have been in a number of small groups and found them to be indispensable. Listening to others, and what God is saying to them is always helpful. It has always amazed me how people all around this world can read a passage of God’s Word and receive a different message from the Holy Spirit.

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